parent

noun
par·​ent | \ ˈper-ənt How to pronounce parent (audio) \

Definition of parent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that begets or brings forth offspring just became parents of twins
b : a person who brings up and cares for another foster parents
2a : an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring The parent brings food to the chicks.
b : the material or source from which something is derived Latin is the parent of several languages.
c : a group from which another arises and to which it usually remains subsidiary a parent company

parent

verb
parented; parenting; parents

Definition of parent (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be or act as the parent of : originate, produce

intransitive verb

: to be or act as a parent

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Other Words from parent

Noun

parent adjective
parental \ pə-​ˈren-​tᵊl How to pronounce parental (audio) \ adjective
parentally \ pə-​ˈren-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce parentally (audio) \ adverb
parentless \ ˈper-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce parentless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of parent in a Sentence

Noun

My parents live in New York. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child. The parent brings food to the chicks. The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s proposed merger with France’s Renault SA is the latest jolt for the Italian-American auto maker’s U.S. operations, a unit that has seen its parent company change three times in the past two decades. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Renault Deal Would Pull Fiat Chrysler’s Center of Gravity From U.S.," 3 June 2019 Based in Massachusetts, nAGLY offers youth meetings for teens and young adults, educator and parent programs, health consultations, and special events, serving as a safe, supportive space for the community. Marci Robin, Allure, "Winky Lux’s New pH-Activated Rainbow Lip Balm Is Perfect for Pride," 31 May 2019 Many of us were delighted by the dong; others, like some pissed-off parents—and the Navy—were not. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Now F-35s Are Getting in the Sky Dong Game," 30 May 2019 Meanwhile, their three older sisters and parents stayed behind. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Judge Julianne Hough and Her Brother Derek Have the Most Inspiring Story," 28 May 2019 Jojo is committed to delivering authentic, family-friendly content that parents can feel good about their kids watching. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "The Rise of ‘Dance Moms’ Star Jojo Siwa," 22 May 2019 Not in a parent-policing role, but in a wonderful-world sort of way. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 Shanti Hodges Shanti Hodges is the founder of Hike It Baby, a non-profit empowering parents to get outside with their children. Danielle Williams, SELF, "11 Adventurous Moms Worth Following on Instagram," 20 May 2019 As part of the largest college-admissions scam ever prosecuted, some parents allegedly paid others to create fake photos of their children as top athletes. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Students Were Advised to Claim to Be Minorities in College-Admissions Scandal," 18 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To take a shower, make coffee, schedule a doctor’s appointment, take a work call, text your best friend, or do absolutely anything that can give you a break from the omnipresent need-fulfillment that is parenting young children. Laura Turner, Glamour, "The Big Problem With the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids," 26 Apr. 2019 People younger than that are routinely trusted with life-and-death situations in a huge array of contexts, ranging from parenting to military service. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president," 12 Dec. 2018 Hood, who was Temple’s leading rusher last season, was one of four Owls players parenting young children in 2017, including Hood’s former roommate and fellow running back Ryquell Armstead. Washington Post, "School, fatherhood, football connect former Temple teammates," 15 June 2018 Just as there were rules on the field, so too were there rules on how to parent a son. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 2019 And that isn’t (just) a dig on Tucker’s parenting abilities. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Despite What Tucker Carlson Thinks, Women Aren't Something to Possess," 19 Mar. 2019 Besides data, the report recommended the state recruit more families suited to foster pregnant or parenting teens and boost training for case workers who feel ill-equipped to discuss reproductive health. Allie Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Child Protection leader slams foster care pregnancy report," 25 May 2018 The proximity could prove useful as the former couple continues to co-parent their two kids, Taylor and Brayden. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See Inside Tarek El Moussa's Bachelor Pad Home Following Divorce From Christina," 2 Aug. 2018 But not everything needs to be parented, and sometimes 6’s protective energy can become domineering and controlling. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of parent

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for parent

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin parent-, parens "father or mother, progenitor, ancestor," probably from an aorist participle of parere "to give birth to, bring into being, produce" — more at parturient entry 1

Verb

derivative of parent entry 1

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The first known use of parent was in the 15th century

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parent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parent

: a person who is a father or mother : a person who has a child
: an animal or plant that produces a young animal or plant
: something out of which another thing has developed

parent

noun
par·​ent | \ ˈper-ənt How to pronounce parent (audio) \

Kids Definition of parent

1 : a father or mother of a child
2 : an animal or plant that produces offspring

parent

noun
par·​ent | \ ˈpar-ənt, ˈper- How to pronounce parent (audio) \

Medical Definition of parent

1 : one that begets or brings forth offspring
2 : the material or source from which something is derived

Other Words from parent

parent adjective
parental \ pə-​ˈrent-​ᵊl How to pronounce parental (audio) \ adjective

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parent

noun
par·​ent

Legal Definition of parent

1a : a person who begets or brings forth offspring especially : the natural parents of a child born of their marriage
b : a person who legally adopts a child
c : a person or entity that owes to a child a legally imposed duty of support
d : a stepparent where designated by statute
2 : an entity or group that gives rise to or acquires another usually subsidiary entity or group a parent company specifically : a corporation that owns a required minimum percentage of the stock of another corporation — compare affiliate

Other Words from parent

parent adjective
parental \ pə-​ˈren-​təl How to pronounce parental (audio) \ adjective
parentally adverb

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